Science, Assessment & Data Collection Program

Working to assess the status of river and watershed health, track the progress of beneficial actions implemented in the watershed, and share and incorporate good applied science into our work

Examples of current efforts include:

  • Sharing good applied science and new information with watershed stakeholders through PWP conferences and workshops, as well as connecting stakeholders with local and regional partner conferences and workshops
  • Conducting the Purgatoire River Assessment effort (see About Us/Resources) along the river through the town of Trinidad (middle watershed) to determine the effectiveness of in-stream habitat projects; the status and needs for further development of the local fishery; recommendations for hydrologic flows and municipal infrastructure improvements; and determination of the status and needs for irrigation infrastructure improvements, jetty jack mitigation, river bank stabilization, woody invasive management and forest thinning, and recreational and public safety improvements
  • Conducting extensive outreach and engagement efforts across the watershed to determine stakeholder needs and desired improvements along specific river reaches and private and public property for the benefit of local landowners and communities as well as the improvement of watershed health overall
  • Conducting watershed-wide Ecological Health Assessment to determine current status of key ecological factors and additional data collection needs to make that determination
  • Working side-by-side with stakeholders to evaluate assessment results and conduct planning, prioritization, and decision-making to determine next steps
  • Conducting chemical and biological data collection to track water quality issues and inform future restoration & improvement projects, including our Purgatoire Citizen Scientist Program

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